Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2015, 63, 419-424
Published online 2015-05-10

Characteristics of Morphological Parameters of Donkeys in the Czech Republic

Martina Kosťuková, Hana Černohorská, Iveta Bihuncová, Ivana Oravcová, Eva Sobotková, Iva Jiskrová

Department of Animal Breeding, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

The donkey population in Central Europe and Czech Republic is very variation, which is a consequence of the donkeys originating from various areas of Europe. This has been proved to affect their body conformation. In this work, we are focusing on the population of donkeys in the Czech Republic and its analysis.
The main aim of our work was to determine the values morphological parameters in the donkey population in the Czech Republic. Altogether, 23 body dimensions were taken and further processed to calculate 6 hippo metric indexes. The sample group we analyzed consisted by a total of 70 individuals, out of there were 23 stallions and 47 mares. The results were then processed using the methods of general linear model (GLM) and multiple comparisons.
We managed to prove a statistically significant influence of the sex factor for the following body measurements: shin length of the front limbs, chest width, withers height measured by tape, shin circumference on both front and pelvic limbs and also for weight index. Also, we have found a statistically significant difference in the scapula length when considering the age factor.


This project was realized with a fi nancial support of IGA TP 2/2013 AF MENDELU.


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